Born & raised in Chicago, Donald Conley is a producer of scripted & unscripted media whose work revolves around themes of innocence lost, rehabilitation & ties that bind.  He is a 2020 Screenwriters Colony Fellow for his narrative feature script, Marathon. 


Donald's 2013 award-winning short film, SLEEP, was a top-5 finalist at the American Black Film Festival, & secured distribution through HBO.

He went on to associate produce Darius Clark Monroe’s feature documentary, Evolution of a Criminal, a 2016 PBS Independent Lens premiere.  Donald later produced Racquet Shorts, a series of four mini documentaries based on articles published by Racquet Magazine.  Executive produced by Topic, Racquet Shorts opened at the 2019 Whitney Museum Biennial.


In 2021, he produced Change the Name, a short documentary selected for Tribeca Studios' Queen Collection program & distributed by BET Networks.  He is also the Associate Producer of HBOMax's Atlas of the Heart with Brené Brown. 

Donald is currently in Post-Production for a six-hour documentary series executive produced by ITVS, as well as his own film, Matriarch, a meditative reflection on motherhood by two elderly Black women hoping to maintain their grip on "home."

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